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innocent and guilty is not our job right here on caring. it in secrecy guantanamo bay prison it's twelfth anniversary with more than one hundred fifty inmates still held behind bars despite never being challenged they want to display a place that we can treat people however we want to whenever we want to take a look at the history of the facility as people across the u.s. join a protest demanding an end to the infamous prison. the white house warns of the risk of a war with iran if lawmakers initiative to impose further sanctions goes through that's the number of senators backing the controversial proposal. former israeli prime minister ariel sharon at the age of eighty five after eight
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years in a coma some of his legacies. lie for most of us into here and this is all to international with the twenty four hour a day. the prison has turned twelve and human rights activists have prepared a special way to mark the anniversary people across the u.s. have joined protests demanding an end to the infamous detention center something president obama promised long ago. looks at the controversial history of the facility. hidden on a tropical island a symbol of promises made being far from promises kept will leave an appalling black mark in the history books unless the people who advocate for its continued
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existence when and if they win then i. suppose that civilized values that america has will be gone forever twelve years ago the us brought to guantanamo its first detainees of the war on terror the us and powerful sections in the ruling class of the us want a place that openly defied international law it's a decision that's been made and that they want to display a place that we can treat people however we want to whenever we want to the to be is poured into the bag scandal surrounding torture and force feeding mass hunger strikes of desperation and dozens of suicide attempts that hasn't been something that has been an issue since i have been here in a facility that has long stopped making sense if it ever did spike the rhetoric it really isn't about national security or prisoners being so dangerous that they can't possibly be released and that can't be true out of seven hundred seventy nine
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hundred eighty s. held at guantanamo in these past twelve years only seven have been convicted and sentenced we have seen eleven prisoners released between august and december last year compared to just five men in the whole of the previous three years so it's movement but it would be unwise to think that you know we nearly there there are hundred fifty five men still in guantanamo and seventy six of those men were cleared for release the u.s. struggling with what to do with them and then even bleaker future still ahead for the other seventy nine prisoners facing the abyss of indefinite detention. because they were somewhere somebody where the innocent or guilty is not our job right here treaty have after a majority of detainees went on. hunger strike last year obama's administration was pushed to make baby steps again marred by double standards and overlooking the law international treaty obligations mean that we shouldn't be sending people back to countries where they face the risk of
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a treatment of torture this followed in some cases but completely ignored in others two men were recently sent to algeria amid grave concerns of possible persecution on the ground the guy who was our client jamila bey as he at the end his whole adult life basically in europe and in canada and there was really no reason why college educated guy was fluent in german and english and french but i should be sent home. and probably trapped there are unable to emigrate because of the stigma of kuantan the future of some of those released over the years even more questioned and increasingly grim as media claims surfaced that the cia might have reportedly been engaged in recruiting some of the prisoners as double agents in exchange for freedom our job here is to do the safe legal humane and transparent care and custody of the detainees while in a legend tug of war between the president's will to shut the prison and congress resisting this is officially used as an excuse to avoid simply closing the place
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down despite personal promises to do so i think the only reason he can get away with that is by portraying it really as your credit mess you know as if this was somehow harder to do now that it was five years ago he was a good president but politicians human rights organizations legal experts and common sense. and the struggle of one time a presenter's america's self-made mass of the last twelve years is already so hard to clean up there are reasons to keep it around are likely to breed more anniversaries to come and they see churkin our party. as the quantum prison steps into its thirteenth year of existence washington's attempting to cut off the already tiny stream of information coming from there but snippets still occasionally leak out. here's the latest letter from shock he's the last remaining british inmate and he describes the humiliating search methods used by the prison authorities and inmates are forced to undergo the procedure even if they just want
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to call their lawyer and some guards are pushing even further searching inmates genitals we spoke to polly ross taylor from the legal charity group and she says the more we find out about quantum or the harder washington tries to bury it out of sight i think we we know we need to think. we know when you are not but scrutiny. finally president obama trying and what happened last year with widespread hunger strike of more than one hundred detainees and we really thought the man from trying. to was closing the prison again and the other thing you know i mean. really that kind of scrutiny and we're seeing a real deterioration and. i want to remember there are huge challenges and you've been banned that we're not trying to charge for twelve years of being a torture. and you're really. without.
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that support my experience mind all of the men i work with simply want to get on lead normal lives a joint. venture. and in yemen activists gathered outside the u.s. embassy to join the annual day of protests against the indefinite detention of prisoners at the notorious facility more than half of the inmates held at guantanamo without charge or trial or yemenis although most of them have been cleared for release by the obama administration will be covering the protests as they develop and we'll have more on this later for you here in our international. the white house has harshly condemned a drive by u.s. lawmakers to impose further sanctions on iran over its nuclear program officials say such legislation would derail last year's historic deal with iran and could even drag washington into a war but despite the warnings from the administration the number of senators supporting fresh penalties is doubled artie's report has more on the growing
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internal bickering and where it could lead. it was just a few months ago inside the united nations headquarters where the presidents of iran and the us laid groundwork for new and positive diplomatic relations however the historic success achieved over the past four months may soon be significantly compromised if not destroyed by america's own lawmakers according to reports fifty nine u.s. senators are now backing a new package of unilateral sanctions aimed to increase pressure on iran for its nuclear program this means that the senate is just one vote away from the sixty needed to pass most legislation with the house of representatives which is already showing strong support of the poor economic pressure against tehran according to reports the legislation would blacklist several iranian industrial sectors and threaten banks and companies around the world with being banned from the u.s.
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market if they help you want to export any more oil now the provisions would only take a fact getting on violates the six month interim deal or let it expire without a comprehensive nuclear agreement by us president barack obama has vowed to veto the bill if it makes it to congress but the problem is if the senate actually achieve sixty seven votes it could override a presidential veto or the obama administration says additional economic restrictions could threaten a historic diplomatic opportunity with iran that's been cementing over the past few months let's remember in november world powers reached an interim deal in which to launch over its nuclear program and negotiations on a final agreement are still underway not only will more sanctions compromise the success that's already been made but the white house says it won't be seen that we need a potential war with tehran although more likely oddly enough at least sixteen democrats
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are supporting new sanctions and sadly if president obama's historic diplomatic. progress with iran comes crumbling down it will be due in part to members of his own party reporting from new york marina r.t. . said this is backing the new sanctions bill claim it will serve as an insurance policy in future nuclear talks but the policy director of the national iranian american council says all the initiative will do is undermine washington's role in and. they claim that this is not a violation of the interim deal it is a violation of the interim deal the deal says no new sanctions this imposes new sanctions there's a lot of word games being played but really it comes down to these senators don't want to see a deal they don't want to see a diplomatic solution they view this as their way or the highway either. iran completely capitulates potentially you have a regime change or something like that or the united states is going to go to war
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and i think that probably president obama and the u.s. negotiators would rather be focused on. go sharing with iran to get a nuclear deal rather than having to negotiate with hardliners in the senate just to protect the nuclear deal that he's already achieved so he's in a very tough spot and i think this really undermines the position of the united states going into those negotiate negotiations because it conveys his message that the president is not in control of his own foreign policy. well you can find out what agreement any new u.s. sanctions against iran would jeopardize on our website all the details of the landmark nuclear deal struck with iran in geneva all the dot com. israel's former prime minister ariel sharon has died at the age of eighty five having spent eight years in a coma caused by a stroke one of the country's most iconic politicians and military leaders passed away just days after his condition worsened dramatically from the lebanon war to israel's disengagement from gaza is in politics but not by several historic
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decisions but what is likely to be remembered for by many israelis is the controversial issue of settlements in the west bank. reports. i reel should one cut a divisive figure between those who loved him and those who certainly didn't but all agree i will shavon was undoubtedly the father of the israeli settler movement under his guidance more than one hundred six moments were pulled from the gaza strip and his motto to defend and preserve the jewish state is where eldar was a lifelong supporter of i will show born for twenty seven years he farmed spices and flowers in the former gaza settlement of getting a towel large. he was the builder of settlements even in ours he built twenty new homes just like he did in other places before we saw him as the father of the settlers and he did so much for us. but eight and a half years ago israel his wife and three children were forced out of the gaza
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home along with eight thousand others who had become his enemy. of god i feel betrayed like a husband who walked into his home to find his wife with his neighbor sharon will most likely be praised as he should be but i would also like him to be remembered for all the things that are not so pleasant and which were critical to all of israel. for a long time champion of jewish settlements in the occupied territories came to believe they'd be more trouble than they were worth and because sharon was the one who built them it came as a shock that he was the one to destroy them at the end of the day he looks at them as instrumental for whatever needs he had at the moment when he thought that the settlers in the settlement movement were serving the needs of a stronger israel he supported them and he supported them more than anyone had but when he felt that they were no longer serving the needs of a strong israel then he turned against them so much so that was a total disengagement from gaza despite the anger it evoked among his supporters.
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to return as prime minister in fresh elections but in two thousand and five he suffered a stroke from which he never recovered after withdrawing from gaza sharon ruled out any fear that unilateral withdrawal. but the six months he built continue to be a major sticking point in negotiations between israelis and palestinians to see on t.v. tel aviv. fly from moscow this is also international coming up later in the program no european countries jump off the eurovision ship one by one unable to afford to take part in times of economic called ship also. correspondent self with an umbrella to travel to rome to see how people there are a coping with the vandalizing nature of some feathered friends those stories are more.
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playful. please it was a. very hard to make a. long. life have you ever had sex with that break there was. a.
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little bit of. a problem. at least twelve european countries are skipping the twenty fourteen year vision song contest the list of participants has been getting shorter by the year and economic troubles of the continent are seen as the main reason is ati's alexy reports. the bit of knowledge represented russia at the u. reviews and song contest in twenty ten despite only coming eleventh he describes his participation as a major highlight which propelled him to new heights our audience grew very very much many people to get to know us so they began to come to our concerts it was
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great. music experience because it was a concert on the great greatest. auditory that i could ever imagine. from drag queens to hellish creatures and some of europe's brightest talents one of the world's most watched t.v. programmes the eurovision song contest brought fame to the likes of celine dion and julio iglesias however votes have not always been spread purely for it to stick qualities say researchers from switzerland actually you know you shouldn't he's given us a measure of species international relations of their feet your cohesion with european countries is measuring the show you see and its culture and then she's in french in what will be their markets to the station in twenty two and three weeks after angela merkel pushed for creation of the european financial stability facility to bail out collapsing economies a german teenager was crowned the eurovision swimmer. but ironically it's the
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europe wide financial turmoil which is now threatening the whole existence of the contest in twenty eleven one financial turmoil was already raging in europe eurovision saw a peak participation of forty three countries next year poland and armenia withdrew from the contest in twenty thirteen they were joined by boss near turkey slovakia and portugal this time caray share serbia bulgaria and cyprus have also jumped off the eurovision ship. and that list could expand as many simply cannot afford to take part in the future circus that is euro vision like cyprus where roughly. every fifth person is unemployed i'm not an expert on the euro region and white what's happening i'm describing the situation in cyprus and i'm not surprised that this decision has been taken given the. other domains i'm talking about health education culture the show's bosses say there's nothing to worry about we
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refresh the format and continued to do so whenever needed to keep the euro vision song contest the most popular pan-european entertainment t.v. show but at this rate of countries dropping out of the competition they would likely have to invent something very soon to keep europe's longest running song contest from losing its voice. reporting from moscow. online for the moment china shapes up and ships out as it becomes the world's largest exporter of goods it would take in the u.s. with more than four trillion dollars worth of trade crossing its borders you know that the number crunching at. dot com. the president of the international city federation brushes off scaremongering about the security situation during the sort you winter olympics saying the games will be a sporting highlight. they flock to rome in the thousands and certainly leave their mark myriads of birds block out the
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sun above the city and leave some hard to remove stains on the ground. reports on the scare tactics savvy italians use to try to keep the city's streets clean. role one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world a popular destination for lovers or enthusiasts history addicts and. being with councils and it all falls on top of cars and roads and on pedestrians it's very slippery to get tons of complaints so. birds hundreds of thousands of starlings which migrate toward from the more favor you're leaving their mark as they go.
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over your buy every year this same we're surrounded by a show. the city and spends tens of thousands of euros tackling the flying menace a species a special operation in itself to feed. it off these birds are worse than vandals it's like they're angry at me personally. but the real mission takes place at sunset dressed in protective gear armed with a loud hailer scientists storm the bird's favorite sleeping spots and this is none other than a recording of other stories making a sound which warns of approaching danger the goal is to scare the feathered falls to us populated areas. that you need to get the idea from science books it works great but only for short periods of time. but even when they do manage to
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steer the birds usually they just move to other residential zones and always come back at sundown. of course this bird issue isn't the worst problem a city has to deal with the daily beast waiting to go for it see here you have a megaphone it may be a good idea to grab that. even if the weather forecast is all we. are t. rolled. members of the great. party have gathered outside athens high court to test against the questioning of the head of the party and several other lawmakers have been arrested on charges of running a criminal organization last year and twenty thirty stripped of state funding by a law banning financial aid to political movements involved in criminal affairs. the international organization for migration has begun evacuating thousands of
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foreign nationals from the violence played central african republic in the clashes between muslim and christian militias continue unabated despite the resignation of the country's self-proclaimed president thousand of been killed since the beginning of the conflict last year. and finally. a protest in the spanish enclave town of north africa has turned violent twelve people most of them police officers were injured. demonstrators were protesting at the lack of jobs in the region and torched barricades in the streets security forces later put out the fire and security. a security measure to follow well the debate is raging in the u.k. after it was revealed that the fingerprinting of students has become a usual practice in schools the stories called particular controversy after almost a third of schools collect the data without consulting parents of these norse myth as the details. gone are the days when the only time you'd be off your fingerprints is if you were suspected of a crime nowadays they're starting them young at school to be precise research shows
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more than a million schoolchildren have been fingerprinted and their biometric data used to identify them for things like cash free lunches checking attendance and what. it is controversial the big brother watch is particularly worried about schools having access to this information and the car particularly when it's been collected without parents' consent and absolutely so it seems that over a million children in a single academic had this information collected so i think it's really necessary for schools to be transparent especially when it's related to very sensitive personal information what's your solution and obviously parental consent should be sought how can we make sure for example that this data is discarded once children leave school well the first stage in terms of ensuring that the right procedures are taking place was updating the law to say that parents absolutely have a legal guarantee that their consent should be sought and also children have to be
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incorporated into the process as well not always puppy education process to teach them the importance of questioning when writing on information but also to understand just what's happening within the system in the school itself the figures show forty percent of secondary school pupils have been targeted and thirty one percent of schools didn't see parental consent so as they go back to school after the festive break children are handing over sensitive personal data in many cases not knowing that they're within their rights to refuse and big brother watches main concern that an entire generation of children will grow up conditions to think that's normal. well that's all for me today my colleague metro's it will be in the studio with all the latest in just over thirty minutes from now but first it is that breaking the set with host of the most this is international.
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when a country experiences a tragedy like the recent terrorism involved ground there question is what to do about it i mean we have to do something right let's never let a good tragedy go to waste one do remember recommends getting rid of the moratorium on the death penalty for prayers groups including terrorists because the death penalty is the perfect way to punish a suicide bomber also this do remember failed to mention high level cryptic rats in the government as those who could possibly face the firing squad perhaps that was just an honest oversight i'm not against the death penalty in some rare instances but punishing terrorists after the fact doesn't bring victims back the focus needs to be on the source of terrorism soldiers can play around all day with weapons
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because the government gives them a salary weapons and training some people are recruiting arming and training new terrorists you don't need to usher in a massive surveillance state to stop terrorism or go death penalty crazy what you need to do is hit the funding and training source hard if you can i mean how many of you guys out there could make a remotely detonated bomb a c. four on your own without help almost none of you see for it doesn't grow on trees someone pays for it but that's just my opinion. how do you people as i'm at a martin and this is breaking the set so it's no secret that the u.s. military has over five thousand nuclear warheads enough to eliminate most life on earth but it may surprise you how much it costs just to maintain these weapons all
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new study from the center for nonproliferation studies just concluded that of the course of the next thirty years the u.s. will spend nearly one trillion dollars to either keep these weapons operational or modernize them because you will know the cold war never really ended and if there's one thing we need to be spending billions of dollars on it's in the mass killing machines so all this country continues to lag behind in education income equality and sustainable energy at least we can keep the people of the world up at night knowing that the cold war is alive and well and we got our nukes and locked and loaded i looked break the set. of the power supply. it was a. very hard to take a. look at you ever had sex with that her thick hair looks.
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like. when people hear the word u.f.o. they tend to tune out of the term does not necessarily mean little green men from mars it's a scientific term that means unidentified flying objects and they're. hundreds if not thousands of u.f.o. sightings and reports every year worldwide in fact just two days ago flights in bremen germany were grounded cancelled and i diverted to do you have showing up multiple times on the airports radar screen this comes on the heels of a july event that's now surfacing about a bizarre incident near london's heathrow airport where.